HC Deb 25 June 1974 vol 875 cc440-1W
Mr. Skeet

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will give the prices per ton charged for phosphates, or the market price, imported into the United Kingdom from Tunisia, Morocco or Senegal in June 1973 and March 1974, and the projected price incorporating recently announced increases in phosphate prices.

Mr. Meacher

The following are the values (cif) derived from the Statistics of Overseas Trade:

£ per tonne
June 1973 March 1974
Tunisia 6.6 21.8
Morocco 7.6 20.8
Senegal 9.9 16.7

Morocco has announced an increase of $21 (approximately £8.75) per tonne f.a.s. effective from 1st July.

Mr. Skeet

asked the Secretary of State for Industry to what extent he expects the price of compound fertilisers would have to be raised assuming the advance in producer prices for phosphates had to be paid by domestic consumers.

Mr. Meacher

The average P2 O5 content of compound fertilisers consumed in the United Kingdom in 1972–73 was 12.32 per cent. and a typical P2 O5content for Moroccan rock is 33 per cent. On this basis, and assuming 5 per cent. processing losses, the increase of $21 per tonne recently announced by Morocco in phosphate rock prices would represent an increase of £3.45 per tonne in the average cost of manufacture of compound fertilisers.

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